Program Format | Dates & Travel |  About the Degree |  Applying & Cost | Accreditation | NC-SARA Approval |

Program Format

What is a cohort?

A cohort is a group of students working towards a common degree and taking the same classes on the same schedule, in lockstep manner, through completion of the degree.

What do you mean by a "Hybrid Format"?

A hybrid format refers to how course content is delivered to students. The course of study in the Professional Master's in Applied Systems Engineering (PMASE) program will be a combination of face-to-face instruction time with faculty members, distance instruction via video teleconferencing (VTC), and distance instruction modules available online. Students are able to complete most online coursework when and where it is most convenient for them.

Where will the video teleconferencing sessions (VTC) be held, in case I would like to attend in person?

The video teleconferencing sessions are held in the Global Learning Center on Georgia Tech's campus. These sessions are mandatory. Students are welcome to attend any or all of them in person.

Will any of the VTC sessions overlap with Georgia Tech home football games?

If there is a VTC session scheduled at the same time as a Georgia Tech home football game, students have the opportunity to discuss alternatives with their faculty. Most of the Georgia Tech faculty will appreciate students' school spirit and will work with them towards a mutually agreeable solution.

During the on-campus visits, when will we meet and for how long?

Students meet for four days for each of the three required on-campus visits. The first course, ASE 6001, will kick-off the program with one of the "on campus" sessions. For planning purposes, the on-campus session will be during the third week of August.  Students will receive detailed information about location, times, and hotel recommendations in advance of the campus sessions.

How will the work groups be assembled during the program? Is there on-campus meeting space available if we choose to meet face to face?

Students usually choose their own work group partners. However, there may be instances where faculty will select the work groups. If students choose to meet face-to-face, we can help identify meeting space. Groups will also be able to conduct virtual meetings via web conferencing tools provided for the program.

Do I need a local proctor for exams?

Students will not need a local proctor for exams. For most courses, students' performance is evaluated via exercises, labs, papers and projects. These will all be submitted electronically through the course website.

Georgia Tech students with the same privileges?

Once accepted for admission, PMASE students are considered Georgia Tech students with the same privileges as on-campus students. Additional privileges will be granted to access the Distance Learning aspects of the program.

Dates & Travel

Will I need to travel to georgia Tech's Atlanta Campus? 

Students will travel to the Georgia Tech campus in Atlanta a total of three times over the two-year course of study (at the beginning, halfway through and at the end of the program).

Do I need to travel for this program? 

Students will travel to the Georgia Tech campus in Atlanta a total of three times over the two-year course of study (at the beginning, halfway through and at the end of the program).

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About the Degree

After completing the program, will a diploma be awarded with the degree? Will it specifically indicate "Professional Master's"?

Once students have successfully completed the program, they will have earned a Georgia Tech degree entitled: Professional Master's in Applied Systems Engineering.

Is this an accredited degree?

Yes. The Professional Master's in Applied Systems Engineering degree is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

What is the difference between a Masters of Science degree and a Professional Master's degree?

Both are accredited Georgia Tech degrees. The Professional Master's degree is designed for those interested in pursuing graduate level studies and immediately applying the newly gained knowledge to his/her individual work environment. It is not designed to be a stepping-stone to earning a Ph.D. but does not limit students if they choose that path at a later date.

Why is a Georgia Tech PMASE degree better than a Systems Engineering degree that is offered at a local institution?

Georgia Tech is ranked #7 in US News and World Report for top universities and its ISyE program has been consistently ranked #1 over the past 20 years.

What industries benefit from this degree?

In today's global economy constant change and innovation are the norm. Technology is evolving in every industry, creating a need for experienced systems engineers who not only understand multifaceted systems, but can apply the concepts and tools learned in the PMASE program to solve complex problems.

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Applying & Cost

What should I include in my Statement of Purpose essay?

You should include a one-to-two page essay that explains your motivation for applying to the Professional Master's in Applied Systems Engineering program. This is where students have the opportunity to explain to the admissions committee what they hope to accomplish by participating in Professional Master's in Applied Systems Engineering program, the contributions they will make to their cohort and how their employer will benefit from sponsoring them in the program.

What is the application deadline?

The application deadline is March 1. Please remember that we cannot take any action on student application until we have a complete application package. If you have any concerns, please contact Jennifer Wooley at jennifer.wooley@pe.gatech.edu or (404) 385-7460.

Do I have to take the GMAT or GRE?

Applicants are not required to take the GMAT or GRE for acceptance into the PMASE Program. (The Georgia Tech Graduate Admissions' website states that a GRE or GMAT score is required; however, the PMASE program is exempt from this prerequisite.)

When is tuition due each semester?

Students can find the fee payment schedules on the Bursar's Office website. Normally payment is due no later than the first week of the semester for all classes the student is registered for during that term. Note: The Board of Regents will approve fees for the upcoming academic year during their April meeting. These approved fee schedules will be effective beginning with the fall term of 2012 and include the subsequent spring and summer terms. All tuition charges and fees are subject to change at the end of any academic term. For current tuition and mandatory fees, visit: www.bursar.gatech.edu.

Are there any fellowships, graduate or assistantships offered?

The PMASE program is ideal for working professionals since its flexible format allows students to further their education while maintaining a full-time job. Since our students are typically employed full-time, there are no fellowships or graduate assistantships available at this time.

Who should I request recommendations from?

We ask that student recommendations come from current and past supervisors/managers. If students have a peer who was in a senior role, they may be one of their three recommendations. We advise our applicants to contact the people who will be submitting letters of recommendation for them. When students contact them, they should let them know how important the recommendations are and that they should focus on how well suited the student is for this program, how they will contribute and how they can benefit. Please note that students will put their email addresses in the application and they will be notified through CollegeNet with the link for electronic submission of the recommendation.

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Is this program accredited?

The Georgia Institute of Technology is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral degrees.

Contact the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, telephone 404-679-4500, or website for questions about the accreditation of the Georgia Institute of Technology.

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What is NC-SARA approval and what does it mean for me?

The Institute has been approved by the state of Georgia to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA). NC-SARA is a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance education.

The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) is an agreement among member states, districts, and territories that establishes comparable national standards for interstate offering of postsecondary distance education courses and programs. It is intended to make it easier for students to take online courses offered by postsecondary institutions based in another state. SARA is overseen by a National Council and administered by four regional education compacts.

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